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Pure Blues

Pure Blues Lowest new price: $4.00
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Brand: UTV
Model: 2140604

2001 collection of modern guitar-based Blues including cuts from legends such as Muddy Waters, Freddy King, Bobby Bland, and John Lee Hooker, along with recent Blues stars like Stevie Ray Vaughan and his followers Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang.

A good introduction to modern guitar-based blues, Pure Blues features classics by Muddy Waters, Freddy King, Bobby Bland, and John Lee Hooker, along with recent blues stars like Stevie Ray Vaughan and his followers Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang. While attributing classic status to Susan Tedeschi's "Just Won't Burn" may chafe some purists, this comp clearly wasn't intended for the die-hard blues fanatic. But as an introduction, it illustrates the blues tradition and its influence on rock (and rock's influence on the blues) quite nicely. For fans of the Allman Brothers (whose version of Blind Willie McTell's classic "Statesboro Blues" is included) or Eric Clapton's work with Derek & the Dominos or for dad at Christmas, this would make a good gift. Also, if this manages to inspire anyone to pick up Etta James's classic Tell Mama set, the folks at UTV will have done the world a service. --Mike Johnson

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Blues Gold

Blues Gold Lowest new price: $10.19
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Brand: Hip-O
Model: 2071308

All the great hoochie-coochie and hoodoo men and women of the past 50 years: Call It Stormy Monday T-Bone Walker; (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters; Hound Dog Big Mama Thornton; My Babe Little Walter; Big Boss Man Jimmy Reed; Spoonful Howlin' Wolf; Hoodoo Man Blues Junior Wells; Born Under a Bad Sign Albert King; The Thrill Is Gone B.B. King, plus Koko, Stevie Ray 38 smokin' cuts!

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Best Of Chess: Original Versions Of Songs in Cadillac Records

Best Of Chess: Original Versions Of Songs in Cadillac Records Lowest new price: $3.68
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Brand: Chess
Model: 5261705

The 2008 movie Cadillac Records is the story of Chess Records. The Best of Chess is the original versions of the songs used in the Cadillac Records movie starring Beyonce, Mos Def, Solange, Jeffrey Wright, Raphael Saadiq and others. Cadillac Records chronicles the history of Chess Records, the pre-eminent blues label of the 1950s and 1960s co-founded by Leonard Chess and his brother Phil. Featured songs in Cadillac Records by Etta James (played by Beyonce Knowles), Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Little Walter (Columbus Short), Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer), Chuck Berry (Mos Def), Howlin' Wolf (Eamonn Walker) and more.

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Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937 (Digipak with 72-page booklet)

Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937 (Digipak with 72-page booklet) Lowest new price: $19.98
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Brand: Old Hat Enterprises

Wanna hear the real snake oil salesmen? Before motion pictures, before radio, the traveling Medicine Shows brought entertainment to middle America in the form of pitch doctors hawking elixirs, backed by a host of singers, comedians, dancers, banjo pickers, blues shouters and fiddlers. While the Medicine Show died out by the mid-20th century, a number of these wandering minstrels made it onto record, and this profusely illustrated and annotated set brings you 48 of their long-forgotten sides. Includes The Spasm Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah; Gonna Tip Out Tonight Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley; Tanner's Boarding House Gid Tanner & Riley Puckett; Adam and Eve in the Garden Bogus Ben Covington; The Gypsy Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers; Atlanta Strut Blind Sammie; Go Along Mule Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers, and more from J.E. Mainer & His Mountaineers, Shorty Godwin, Banjo Joe, Beans Hambone & El Morrow, Fiddlin' John Carson and other scalawags!

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Eat to the Beat - The Dirtiest of them Dirty Blues

Eat to the Beat - The Dirtiest of them Dirty Blues Lowest new price: $15.39
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Brand: Bear Family

We've all heard about the lowdown dirty blues, but just how low down and just how dirty can you get? Bear Family provides the answer in this ultra-smutty, ultra fun party CD. A hit with many church groups and parent-teacher associations, it is truly the living end when it comes to bad taste. You'll hear established blues giants and vocal groups like Amos Milburn, Dinah Washington, Boozoo Chavis, the Blenders, the Clovers, the Treniers, Bullmoose Jackson, Julia Lee, and Wynonie Harris extol the joys of oiling the jig on songs like Rotten Cocksuckers Ball, Poon Tang, Big Long Slidin' Thing, Big Ten Inch, Don't F*ck Around With Love, Drill Daddy Drill, and many more. Best of all, you'll hear an X-rated out-take of Jackie Wilson and LaVern Baker cutting loose on Think Twice. Never designed for release, this underground classic finally comes above ground, alongside other unheralded obscurities like Fred Wolff's Somebody Else Was Sucking My Dick Last Night. CD Digipac with 92-page booklet.

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When the Levee Breaks: Mississippi Blues Rare Cuts 1926-41

When the Levee Breaks: Mississippi Blues Rare Cuts 1926-41 Lowest new price: $19.51
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Brand: JSP

The majority of the music on these discs was made as much as eighty years ago. Some tolerance should be exercised when hearing what are sometimes the only copies of records close to mythical status. An example is Son House's 'Mississippi County Farm Blues', recorded in May 1930. This and 'Clarksdale Moan' were known to have been released but only recently has a copy -luckily in reasonable condition - been found. These titles, along with an unmastered version of 'Walkin' Blues' made an eloquent connection between House and Robert Johnson, are among the building blocks of blues. When Mississippi blues is mentioned, it's usually associated with the Delta, with its supposed prevalence of slide or bottleneck guitar. In reality, this was but one of many Mississippi styles. At least as prevalent was the rhythm-based approach favored by musicians from the eastern hill country. These men infiltrated the Delta - gifted individuals like Richard 'Hacksaw' Harney, heard behind Walter Rhodes and Mississippi John Hurt. Most of these musicians were undocumented itinerants, whose arrival in front of a microphone was often a matter of chance. Some of the earliest to get their chance included Freddie Spruell and Sam Butler. Spruell grew up in Chicago, but even so, he's regarded as a Mississippi bluesman not least for his recording of 'Low-Down Mississippi Bottom Man'. Sam Butler - also known as Bo Weavil Jackson - may have been from Alabama but he too is an honorary Mississippian. He cut sessions for Paramount and Vocalion within a month of each other in 1926 and disappeared. Some musicians made their way to Jackson, MS, to seek H.C. Speirs, who recorded them on his basic equipment, sent dubs to northern record companies and for the chosen, arranged their travel to sessions. Fame has little to do with quality. While Son House was a towering talent, there were other artists, no less talented, to whom fate was less kind. Their careers were brief but their work is just as vital.

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Classic Blues From Smithsonian Folkways

Classic Blues From Smithsonian Folkways Lowest new price: $6.00
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Brand: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Model: SFW40134

A living and dynamic tradition, blues is forged in hard times but powerful enough to bring on the good times. Legends such as Lead Belly, Memphis Slim, Big Bill Broonzy, Elizabeth Cotten, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee, among others formed the "blues backbone" of Folkways Records. This compilation from the Smithsonian Folkways collection spans half a century and features Delta, St. Louis, Southwest, and Chicago styles performed by some of the best-known figures in blues history. From boogies to ballads, full of innuendo and irony, this classic collection is a jukebox in a jewel case.

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Essential Chicago Blues

Essential Chicago Blues Lowest new price: $4.27
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Brand: CD

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Essential Blues Anthology

Essential Blues Anthology Lowest new price: $4.32
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Brand: Boom Boom

This digitally re-mastered 50 track compilation features some of the most important Blues classics ever recorded. Many of the songs here are actually as famous, or more famous, than their singers. Screamin' Jay Hawkins' 'I Put A Spell On You', for instance, was successful for Alan Price, Nina Simone and Ray Charles, to name but three. It's amazing to think that roots music that evolved out of African-American work songs, field hollers and spirituals more than a hundred years ago has proved the foundation of virtually every major American music form of the 20th Century. But even if you just enjoy these 50 choice tracks for what they are, you'll never have a more enjoyable history lesson!

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Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways Lowest new price: $8.80
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Brand: Smithsonian
Model: 6874614

This compilation features musicians from the region known as the Southern Appalachians. It includes musicians from deep in the mountains as well as from the foothills leading up to them. We have selected many of the recordings from the collection of Folkways Records founder, Moses Asch. On this release as on other recent ones, we have also begun to delve into some fine recordings from another source, the 43 years of recordings from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (formerly Festival of American Folklife).

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